Gentleman Jack – Shibden Hall and Anne Lister’s Halifax
The BBC TV series Gentleman Jack, starring Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle, has sparked a huge amount of interest in the life of landowner, businesswoman, mountaineer and diarist Anne Lister and we are delighted to be offering this fascinating insight into her life, exploring her home, Shibden Hall, and a number of the locations she frequented in Halifax.
We are even more delighted to have secured the services of Rachel Whitbread as our Halifax guide. Rachel spent time in the 80s researching Anne Lister for her mother Helena whose books have been key in keeping Anne Lister’s legacy alive. Rachel has transcribed Anne Lister’s code for various projects and been involved in many events and conversations with Helena and other Anne Lister scholars over the past 30 years. We are so pleased to have her along to share her passion for this fascinating woman.
Our day beigns at Shibden Hall where you will have time to see the various rooms that Anne inhabited alongside her family. There are many aspects of the building and surrounding parkland which were part of Anne’s series of improvements. Many of the rooms appeared in the BBC drama series.
After our visit to the hall, we will head downhill into Halifax on foot, following in the footsteps of Anne who would have walked into Halifax to attend to business matters and visit her favourite haunts. We will view the house where she lived as a girl, locations where she courted women, the residence of her opponent Christopher Rawson – and much more! Our guided walk will end at Halifax Minster where Anne’s tombstone lies and many of her family are buried.
We will meet at Shibden Hall and the walk will end in the centre of Halifax. There is a frequent bus service from Halifax which takes under 5 minutes. We will supply full details.
Price includes entrance to Shibden Hall and guided walk. As entrance to Shibden Hall is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions please book as early as possible so that we have the best chance of obtaining tickets. If tickets are not available, we will refund the entrance fee element of your payment and visit the exterior and grounds only.
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